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All-Inclusive Writing Retreat in Bear River


The Retreat Property

The historic property, located in Bear River, is in proximity to the river.

Space includes all-inclusive accommodation in a self-contained housekeeping unit.

Complimentary Items

A bottle of wine from the Bear River Vineyards
Locally roasted coffee from Sissiboo Coffee
A copy of Poplars Dancing in the Wind by your host, Angela McMullen
A treasure chest of art supplies for your usage during your stay

The Neighborhood

The tidal village of Bear River has long ago established itself as an artist destination. Many artists who call Bear River home open their studios to visitation.

Artists find themselves inspired by vineyards and wineries, the flow of the tidal river, historic buildings on stilts, unmarked walking trails, and the quiet spaces within.  

Enjoy fresh coffee at Sissiboo Coffee Roasters, a bottle of wine from Bear River Vineyards, fresh locally grown food and preserves from Grandma’s Country Store, meals at restaurants, and frequent live entertainment within the village.

Note: All amenities are in walking distance.

Is this retreat space for me?

This space is for you if you are looking for a quiet rural setting to connect, create, contemplate.

If you love to hear the birds at dawn, the call of the eagles throughout the day, the ever-changing rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy tides, the absence of traffic lights, the intimacy of a small village, unmarked wooded trails and waterfalls, then this could be the place for you.

If you are an artist looking for a workspace away from your regular routines, this could be for you.

If you are an inspiring artist looking for a quiet space to embark on a creative journey, this space could be for you.

If you are a painter, writer, musician, or multi-media artist, this space is for you.

If you love historic houses that echo of times gone by, this is for you.

If you need a thoughtful spot to create, this is for you.

If inspired by nature


visit a winery

photograph historic buildings on stilts

watch seabirds in Waterfront Park

visit an art gallery

attend a festival or event

watch chimney swifts at dusk

visit a Loyalist Cemetery

walk through the village

ask locals about unmarked walking trails

watch the incoming and outgoing tide

watch bass fishermen reel in one from the river

enjoy the sights and sounds of local bird life

enjoy the charm of historic wooden homes built upon hills overlooking the Bear River

Note:  some activities are seasonal

Notable features

  • The quiet space is conducive to creativity.

  • There is no television.

  • This is a no-scent environment. Harsh cleaners are not used on premises.

  • Laundry facilities can be found in nearby Digby and Annapolis.

  • We do have wi-fi although service can be sporadic. There is minimal to no cell service in Bear River.

  • Guests have separate entrances.

  • There is no public transportation.

  • The village has a Café and coffee shop. Nearby Digby and Historic Annapolis Royal have a variety of eating establishments featuring local cuisine.

  • Contribute to the creative closet. Two walls of your clothes closet are an open canvas to visitors.

Your Hostess

Angela is a writer who is inspired by the natural beauty of Bear River. She loves to travel, and these experiences are a great inspiration for her work. Part of this spacious retreat is her private workspace. Her work is offered at Bear Rivers’ Nationally renowned Flight of Fancy, at the Inside Story, at the Mad Hatter Bookstore in nearby Annapolis Royal.

Her many years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, along with certification in Food and Beverage Management, makes her an conscientious host.


Self-Contained Unit Package
7 nights accommodation, a bottle of wine from Bear River Vineyards, Coffee card from Sissiboo Coffee Roasters, and a copy of Poplars Dancing in the Wind.


To book, contact

Visit for more information on The Tibbett's House Retreat Center.

I look forward to hosting those who feel drawn to this sacred sanctuary.

As in the words of visitors, "it is a place like no other."


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